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N.C. State's campus newspaper in jeopardy of shutting down

Posted March 10, 2010

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— North Carolina State University’s 90-year-old campus newspaper could shut down because of a lack of student involvement.

The Technician recently lost its editor-in-chief due to editorial differences.

"Sort of mayhem ensued afterwards,” said Russell Witham, viewpoint editor of The Technician.

With a lack of leadership, Witham said the newspaper has struggled to attract student writers. With fewer people wanting to pursue a career in newspaper journalism, the paper gets thinner with every issue.

"In the past, it was not uncommon to have consistently 10- and 12-page issues. Now we often struggle to put out eight pages,” Witham said.

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Commercial newspapers across the country are facing declining revenues and staff layoffs. Many students just don’t feel that newspapers will be around much longer in print form and aren’t interested in volunteering their time, said Kate Shefte, executive sports editor of The Technician.

With a staff half the size it should be to cover a campus the size of N.C. State, about a dozen student writers are doing double duty to keep the paper going. Many editors said they struggle to balance school and work at the paper.

"Last semester, my grades were horrible,” Shefte said.

A university newspaper reports on student government, happenings on campus and sporting events. But with fewer writers, the paper can’t cover university issues and may cease publication.

"If we don't get the tools we need to run a quality student newspaper, there won't be one next semester,” Witham said.

"We don't really have anything to fill our paper with,” Shefte said. "It breaks our hearts to see it in this kind of situation.”

The paper has recently put out its own classified ad, asking for help keeping The Technician in print. The paper is hoping to get at least 15 students to join the staff.

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  • Ken D. Mar 11, 2010

    Why don't they just outsource it? I'm sure there are plenty of students in Chapel Hill who could help them out. :)

  • wildcat Mar 11, 2010

    Maybe State should follow suit. Just a suggestion.

    There was nothing interesting!

  • wildcat Mar 11, 2010

    There will always be another one.

  • micah Mar 11, 2010

    The Technician didn't recently lose the editor in chief because of "editorial differences". He is gone because NCSU Media has a requirement that a students GPA must be above a certain level (in his case, 2.5) or they won't be able to participate.

  • hardwork919 Mar 11, 2010

    I used to write for the paper at ECU and we have a great newspaper system there. Students are seen reading that paper on a consistent basis and we only put it out twice a week. Maybe State should follow suit. Just a suggestion.

  • fishandgrits Mar 11, 2010

    no one reads it anyway!

  • SalemWWX Mar 11, 2010

    That's sad...but like any enterprise it must adapt to the changing times or risk going under. Maybe they could petition Congress for a bailout...didn't some major newspapers float that trial-balloon a few months back?

  • goode88 Mar 11, 2010

    Plus I thank em!

  • goode88 Mar 11, 2010

    Proper noun is simply Technician so it depends on the context and I was just pointing out an often over looked detail. Trust me I could care less about grammar especially in a comment post! But the quality of my education is just fine and I think NC State for that!

  • cherokee43v6 Mar 11, 2010

    I wrote for the Technician when I was a student in the late 80's. Covered the 'Club Sports' beat. I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing something I enjoyed as a hobby and getting paid a little bit for it.

    Come on students, Step up!!!

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